New to Streaming Video April 2017 – Period Dramas, Romance, International Shows & More


My Secret Romance. Photo: Dramafever/OCN

With Spring finally here and April now upon us, it’s that time of the month to take a look at some of the best of what’s new to streaming video. Thankfully, there is some fantastic content to enjoy in the world of old-fashioned romance & storytelling. From period dramas (The Great Train Robbery, Miss Potter, Cable Girls) to fairy tales (Ella Enchanted), international romances (My Secret Romance), and more, there is something for everyone!

NOTE: The list should not be seen as recommendations! We cannot vouch for the quality of these Films & TV Shows


New To Streaming Video in April 2017 (U.S.)

Some Highlights


Coming Soon to Acorn TV (British and Australian Movies & TV)

streaming video april 2017; luke evans in the great train robbery
Photo Courtesy of Acorn TV
April 3

French Fields, Series 1-3 (Brit-com)

The Great Train Robbery (NR; Content Unclear); British miniseries; stars Beauty and the Beast‘s Luke Evans

The Falklands Play (NR; Content Unclear); British Drama

April 10

The Art Detectives (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, documentary series)

April 17

Parents (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, British sitcom)

April 24

Dominion Creek/An Klondike (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, Series 2; Content Unclear); Irish Historical Drama

Pie in the Sky Series 1-5 (lighthearted British Detective Series)


New & Coming Soon to Amazon Prime Video

Ella Enchanted. Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Recently Added

Charly

Cinderella (1965)

The Dawns Here are Quiet (Rating & Content Unclear); Russian Historical Drama

The Durrells in Corfu, Season 1

Mr. and Mrs. North 

April 1

Chaplin

Days of Thunder

Ella Enchanted

Searching for Bobby Fischer

What If


New & Coming Soon to DramaFever

Recently Added

Lovely Love Lie (new episodes every Monday and Tuesday); Romantic Comedy/Korean Drama series

Tunnel (new episodes every Saturday and Sunday); Time Travel Korean Drama

You Are Too Much (new episodes added on Thursdays); Korean Drama

April 15

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Finale)

April 17

My Secret Romance (new episodes every Monday and Tuesday); Korean Romantic Comedy Series


Coming to Hulu 

Miss Potter. Photo: MGM
April 1

A Horse Tale (2015)

America’s Sweethearts (Showtime add-on)

Beyond the Sea (2004) (Showtime add-on)

Chaplin

Cry Freedom (1987) (Showtime add-on)

Days of Thunder (1990)

Deja Vu (Showtime add-on)

The Ex (2006) (Showtime add-on)

Flyboys (2006)

Frankenstein (2004)

The Hours

I Am Number Four (Showtime add-on)

I.Q. (1994)

In Old California (1942)

Lincoln (2012) (Showtime add-on)

Mighty Joe Young (1998) (Showtime add-on)

Miss Potter (2006) (Showtime add-on)

Mother’s Day (2016) (Showtime add-on)

People Like Us (2012) (Showtime add-on)

Premonition (2007) (Showtime add-on)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Scrooged (1988) (Showtime add-on)

The Switch (2010)

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys (Showtime add-on)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Showtime add-on)

Wicker Park

April 5

Prison Break: Season 5 Premiere (FOX)

April 14

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) (Showtime add-on)

The Straight Story (1999) (Showtime add-on)

April 18

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (Rated R but mild; brief strong language and violence)

Famous in Love: Series Premiere (ABC Family)

April 19

Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 Premiere (ABC Family)

Tiger Cruise (2004)

April 25

Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2 (FX)

April 26

The Handmaid’s Tale: Series Premiere (Hulu Original) (Rating & Content Unclear – Will likely be TV-M)


Coming to Netflix

Cable Girls/Las Chicas Del Cable. Photo: Netflix
Recently Added

5 to 7 (Rated R – but mild)

Another Forever

The Butterfly’s Dream

Chesapeake Shores Hallmark TV Show

Coming Through the Rye

The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Content Unclear)

Father Brown

Ithaca Period Drama that reunites Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks!

Neckan Spanish Period Drama

Spies of Warsaw Period Drama starring David Tennant

Train to Busan (NR; but would likely be R for zombie violence); Korean film that stars Gong Yoo!

April 1

Across the Universe

An American Tail

Boy Bye (Rating & Content Unclear)

Cool Runnings

Good Witch: Season 2

Schindler’s List (Rated R)

Something’s Gotta Give

Wynonna Earp: Season 1

Trouble with the Curve Romantic Dramedy with Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake

April 6

Disney’s The BFG

April 7

The Lighthouse of the Whales/El Faro De Las Orcas – Netflix Original Film (NR; Content Unclear)

April 8

Kubo and the Two Strings

April 12

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2

April 14

The Chosen/El Elegido (NR; Content Unclear)

April 15

Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

April 21

Tales by Light: Season 2 – Netflix Original

The Prestige

April 22

The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Seasons 1-3

April 23

Phantom (Rated R for Violence)

April 25

Disney’s Queen of Katwe

April 27

Cable Girls/Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1 – Netflix Original Spanish Period Drama (Content Unclear)


New & Coming Soon to VIKI 

Across the Ocean to See You. Photo: Viki/Zhejiang TV
Recently Added

Father is Strange (Korean Drama)

Just For You (Taiwanese Drama Series)

The Masked Lover (Taiwanese Romantic Drama)

April 2

Across the Ocean to See You (Chinese Romance Series)

April 5

Mystery Queen (Korean Mystery Drama Series)

April 7

Chicago Typewriter (Korean Fantasy Drama)

Coming Soon

The Bride With White Hair (Historical Chinese Drama Series)

Sparrow (Historical Chinese Drama Series)


Other Streaming Video Sites to Check Out

Pride and Prejudice; literary crushes
Pride and Prejudice. Photo: BBC

(Make sure to research each title before watching if you’re looking for less explicit content.)

  • Love British Dramas? Check out the all-new streaming service BritBox. You can watch old favorites like Pride and Prejudice (1995) and recent British content as well.
  • Head on over to see what’s new to streaming on FEELN. Everything on Feeln is PG-13 and below OR edited for TV. Expect to find period dramas, Hallmark films, romantic comedies, character-driven dramas, and more.
  • If you love international series (French, Italian, etc.), check out the lesser known streaming site MHz Choice for a great selection of mysteries, dramas, and comedies.
  • If you love programs on PBS such as Masterpiece Theater, then head on over to see what’s streaming on PBS Passport. While not available in every city, check your local channel to see if they have streaming services available to you.
  • Find out what’s new on Pixl TV. This Youtube Streaming service includes clean content focused on romantic comedies, love stories, and dramas.
  • Pure Flix: Faith and Family Entertainment.
  • Spuul: If you love Bollywood films, then this is a great streaming choice.
  • If you love classics, head on over to Warner Archive to see what’s new!
  • Other Streaming Services: CBS All AccessFandorFullscreen Streaming, Go90.com, MubiSnagFilmsTubiTVViewster

About This Monthly Feature

If you’re new to this monthly feature on The Silver Petticoat Review, a quick rundown: At the beginning of each month (when we can) we put up a researched list of some of the best of what’s new to streaming from various popular (and lesser-known) sites including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Acorn TV, Dramafever, and Viki. (With extra streaming sites noted at the bottom.)

Per our site’s focus, the list is mostly focused on PG-13 like content or below minus a few exceptions (usually for artistic reasons or genre interest). Also, we have not seen everything we include, so if something more explicit sneaks past us, we apologize in advance! If we are unsure of the content, or if it’s Rated R or TV-MA, you will see a note next to the title.

I have also linked every title, so you can learn more about the Film or TV Show to see if it is something of interest to you.

What Type of Content to Expect

If you’re in search of swoon-worthy love stories and/or good storytelling (both classic and modern) from around the world in Film and TV without the excess of explicit content – then you’ve come to the right place. We embrace romance unabashedly. From the Jane Austen adaptations to the swoon-worthy Korean dramas, to the BBC period productions, the paranormal romance, and more.

RELATED | Learn more about old-fashioned romance with our handy guide.

Besides romance, we’re on the lookout for great stories from around the world that resonate with us! We’re looking to share and bring back the love for what makes stories wonderful. And without all the excess of graphic sexuality, extreme violence, profanity, vulgarity, cynicism, and lack of emotion. We also aim to find stories from all over the world because every culture has stories worth sharing.

RELATED | What is old-fashioned storytelling? Read our Checklist and Recommendations! 

What streaming sites do you use? What are you excited to watch this month? Let us know in the comments!

Amber Topping

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR

A lover of stories in all forms and from all cultures and time periods, Amber honed her own storytelling skills as a girl by doing Shirley Temple impersonations and putting on plays with her siblings. Eventually, she turned to cheerleading, dance, and finally to writing and video editing. Amber is an empathetic and impassioned person with a strong independent will and an endless amount of creativity. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, and has contributed to various magazines. Her ultimate dream is to be a published author of books, screenplays, and to form a creative village of talented storytellers from around the world who can collaborate together to produce stories celebrating old-fashioned romance and diverse storytelling. She believes stories have the positive power to unite, not divide.

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